Complete Guide to the Traktor Remix Decks
Learn your way around the Traktor remix decks so you can create amazing and unique DJ mixes to impress your fans and take your DJ career to the next level.
Master the Remix Decks with Ease by following this Comprehensive and Direct Video Course.
- Master the Basics of the Remix Decks
- Discover the Hidden Features
- Create your very own unique remix sets
- Find alternative ways to creatively integrate the remix decks in your DJ Sets
- Recognize the full potential of Traktor software
- Peel away the layers of confusion with ease & take control of the software
Understanding the Remix Decks Sets you apart from many other DJ's
Traktor is a very popular DJ software and is used by many professionals, knowing how to use it to it's fullest potential will give you an edge over many other DJ's. Even with the recent introduction of 'Stem Decks' (a simpler form of the remix deck) the remix decks remain, which proves they are an important and useful part of the Traktor software. The remix decks are a little more complex than the stem decks, therefore offering you much more control and scope for being creative. By understanding the full potential of the remix decks you will develop your own unique sound, taking the next step towards blending the two disciplines of DJ'ing and music production.
Content and Overview
This course is designed for those who have some experience using Traktor, but not yet ventured into, or fully grasped, the Remix Decks.
The course is broken down into 6 sections.
- Intro and Setup
- Functions of the Remix Decks (Part 1)
- Functions of the Remix Decks (Part 2)
- Live Uses
- Bonus Material
Sections 2, 3 & 4, end with a quiz to aid in your learning. Throughout the 75 videos (approximately 3 hours 20 mins) you will learn all the functions of the remix decks. Once you have mastered these functions, you will piece together these skills to create a remix set of your own.
You will be shown, step-by-step, how to build a remix set from scratch, with the option of downloading the demo remix set so you can follow along and develop your skills as you go.
You will be given a number of suggestions for how you can integrate the remix decks into your performance and additional bonus material to take you a little deeper into accessing your own creative talents.
By completing the course, you will become a master of the remix decks enabling you to bring a level of individuality and creativity to your DJ sets. By fully understanding the software it frees you up to focus on the important part of DJ'ing; the Music. By embracing the Remix Decks and completing this course, your DJ sets will never be the same again.
Intoduction & Set up
Let me explain how the course is divided into sections and what you ca expect from each.
What will you need for the course and what I will be using?
A brief look at the differences between internal and external mixing, and why it matters.
Don't worry if you don't have a midi controller, theres a lot you can do without one, let me show you.
Here's an introduction for those wishing to use the keyboard to control the remix decks.
How and where to download free remix sets.
How to import a remix set into Traktor.
Functions of the Remix Decks
Setting up the Decks and Layout to work best for you.
In this section I will explain the deck header section and what is displayed and how you can change it.
Discover different ways to browse and load remix sets and individual cells
In this tutorial I will explain what the quantize function is in relation to the remix decks and how you can adjust this on the fly.
Discover the different cell play types and how to change them using just your mouse, including stopping cell playback by using just the keyboard.
Here I will show you how easy it is to Launch and Stop the Remix Deck Cells.
Overview of play, trigger, sync with a detailed look at 'Play' settings.
An indepth look at the 'Trigger' Settings - Latch & Gate Explained
Understand if your cells are synced or not - This could prevent some awful sounding sounds.
CDJ's have a reverse function - well now so does your Traktor Set up.
Each column or (slot) has an individual volume adjust - Let me show you the different ways you can change this.
Using the filters can be a great way to mix between cells - see how you can adjust the filter.
The Key lock can cause the biggest headache if it's not understood properly - let me help you.
Layering Effects can be the highlight of the remix decks - I will show you how.
How to use the monitor function for each column of the remix deck.
Punch mode might appear complicated, but here I will explain just how simple and effective it is.
The Function section is rather large, so I have broken it down into two sections so that you may learn in the best way possible.
Let's test your knowledge on how to browse, play and interact with the Remix Deck Cells.
Functions of the Remix Decks (Pt 2)
The pitch of the cells can be changed using the mouse OR the kontrol F1.
Colour coding the cells can really help you organize your remix Decks - You don't need the F1 to do this.
- You can adjust the size of the cell, which basically shortens or increases the loop length.
- You can not adjust the slot size using the default keyboard mapping. If you don't own a Kontrol F1 or S8, then you would need to create a special mapping for either the keyboard or your own midi controller.
- To see how you can map a key to conduct this operation head to the bonus module.
Sometimes it's necessary to adjust the launch point of a cell. This helps you set up your cells to create great sounding effects and rolls, especially with vocals.
The playback speed of the sample can be doubled or halved - this might come in handy with vocal samples or breakbeat that you want to change to drum and bass, or vice versa.
After completing this lesson you will know how to delete the following:
- Individual Cells
- Whole Pages of a set
- Entire Sets
The quickest way to clear an entire remix set without a controller is to change the deck to a 'track deck' and then back to a 'remix deck' using the drop down located in the large letter denoting the deck (A,B,C, or D).
Learn how the Remix Deck interacts with the other decks in Traktor.
Learn how to loop the entire remix deck.
Confirm what you have learned about editing the cells and preferences.
Watch the Demo Remix Set in Action and download a copy of the set from the resources.
Here you can examine the remix set in more depth as I show you how I created it.
Following this lesson you will know a couple of different ways to capture loops from the track decks.
Sometimes people get confused with the different 'keys' you experience after capturing a sample - you will learn why in this lesson.
Discover the benefits to using the loop recorder.
After completing this lesson, you will know how to use the loop recorder to capture samples with effects already applied.
Layered loops can add even more textures and creativity to your samples, learn how to do this with overdub and the loop recorder.
See how you can capture samples from an external source to use in your remix decks.
Here you will learn how to adjust the loop latency.
If you are not using the auto-save function, then there are other ways you can save the remix set.
See how simple it is to rename individual cells inside the remix deck.
Maybe you have captured a sample incorrectly, or it needs some fine tuning. In this lesson see how you can use the nudge function to 'beatmatch' cells inside the remix deck.
Performing with the F1 is a great deal of fun, for this we use the Gate Override function. Learn how to 'play' the remix decks.
If you don't have a kontrol F1 yet, no problem, here I show you how to use the keyboard to capture and play samples.
You can also use the keyboard to control the loop recorder.
See my recommendations and advice on using pre-planned remix sets versus creating sets on the fly.
Fine tune your knowledge for creating your own remix decks and see how well you have absorbed the information.